The EU commission proposes overhauling an e-privacy directive it says will guarantee privacy for both content and metadata derived from electronic communications.
Publishers welcomed EU proposals for a new right that could see them take a bite out of Google's income, but some say the law could end up hurting Google's smaller rivals.
The commission president said "every European village and every city" will have public internet access in 2020, but the statement was not backed up by any legally binding target.
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The digital content directive is vital to promote competition, innovation and to modernise consumer rights.
An EU proposal to let academics digitally sift data is a step in the right direction, but if everybody had that right, the digital market could blossom.
The antitrust investigation opened by the European Commission against the US Internet giant risks fragmenting the mobile applications environment and discourage investments.
Following a reshuffle, Estonian commissioner Ansip temporarily takes over the file from German Guenther Oettinger, who is seen as more friendly towards copyright holders.
National governments cannot order the blanket collection and retention of data on electronic communications, the bloc's top court ruled. It could serve a blow to the UK's mass surveillance programme.
Facebook said in 2014 that linking WhatsApp's phone numbers with Facebook was not possible. In 2016, it became possible, and it happened.
National governments agreed to free up bandwidth to be dedicated to mobile internet by 2020, although they insisted on a possible two-year extension.
The proposed new Digital Content Directive could create uncertainty because of conflicts with the General Data Protection Regulation and undermine growth of one of Europe's fastest growing job-creating sectors.
The EU still wants to allow data to travel unencumbered over borders, but the commissioner in charge is facing 50 national laws telling companies where to store their data.
Android has been a force for good, not a walled garden of software, writes Google's president for Europe.
Privacy advocacy group Digital Rights Ireland is challenging Privacy Shield at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, it has been revealed.
The EU commission's president asked his administration to withdraw a draft proposal on roaming charges, because he knew about it after it was public.
In the same week the commission published a draft proposal limiting a ban on roaming fees to 90 days a year, the text is withdrawn.
Edward Snowden, a former US security contractor, has disputed claims the US government has narrowed surveillance under the new EU-US Privacy Shield data pact.
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EU commission proposal to give mobile phone operators exceptions to the ban on roaming was immediately criticised. It is, however, quite understandable.
While other sectors fall apart, Europe's digital economy is booming thanks to smaller countries like Estonia, Finland and Ireland. They need to shout louder about their ambitions.
Europe’s messy copyright legal framework doesn’t belong in the 21st century. A citizens' movement can help reform it.
The EU Commission wants online messaging services to follow the same privacy rules as telecom companies. The industry says privacy checks will hurt the market.
The EU's new data protection deal with the US fails to guarantee privacy or security, says Max Schrems, the activist who brought down the scheme's predecessor.
EU Commission proposals to free up online shopping, but not film or music. Include quota for audiovisual providers to sell 20 percent European content.
Antitrust commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the proposed deal, worth a reported €13 billion, would hurt consumers and innovation.
Digital commissioner Ansip tells journalists it is "practically impossible" to govern all online platforms with the same regulation.
As connecting everyday items to the internet is set to become a normality, the EU Commission is trying to develop a 5G network to cope with the extra demands.
Negotiators from the European Parliament and national governments have reached an agreement on new cyber-security rules. Amazon, Ebay and Google are expected to be affected.
The European Commission appears to be postponing key reforms of the EU's fragmented copyright system, according to a leaked paper.
Ireland's data protection commissioner has been ordered to launch a privacy probe into Facebook data transfers from Europe to the United States.
Two-thirds of Europeans are unaware of who is responsible for protecting their digital rights.
Citizens may ask national authorities for a second opinion, but figures compiled by EUobserver show that very few people are exercising this right to appeal.
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